Skyrocketing food prices have made it harder for families facing hunger to access enough to eat and have strained Tarrant Area Food Bank’s ability to continue supporting our neighbors in need. We are facing a shortage in dollars to support our mobile distributions and 400 agency partners. The increased need for food is part of a new surge of people showing up to weekly food distributions, as demand increases month over month. Tarrant Area Food Bank is facing a sustained, unprecedented need of food and is now facing a crisis: fundraise in the community or begin to shut down critical mobile distributions that the community is desperately relying on this summer. Here are some additional factors affecting this critical need:
- Elimination of government funds provided to address pandemic conditions
- Inflation – increased fuel, food and operating expenses
- 24% reduction in retailer, manufacturer, and distributor donations due to supply chain and product shortages
- Higher rates of need, due to inflation
- TAFB using non restricted funds for food purchases at much higher rates than ever in our history
- Shortage of volunteers
Tarrant Area Food Bank desperately needs Hunger Heroes to donate or volunteer to help get us through this crisis.